What Is the Golden Temple Made Out Of?

The Golden Temple of the Sikh religion is made of masonry, marble, wood, gold, copper and ivory. It is also inlaid with glass and valuable jewels. The temple is in the city of Amritsar in northern India, sharing a border with Pakistan.

The temple has an estimated 1,653 pounds in gilding on the dome, which is in the form of a lotus leaf. A lake with fish that keeps the water clean surrounds the temple. Inside the temple is a sacred pool of water, the Amrit Sarovar or Pool of Nectar, after which Amritsar is named.

The Golden Temple is called Harmandir Sahib in the Punjabi language and is the holiest shrine for Sikhs. Construction began in 1574 and was completed in 1601. It was sacked in the 1760s and rebuilt.